Quartz with Hedenbergite on Axinite
Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 8.6 x 4.8 cm
Quartz/Hedenbergite combinations from the Huanggang Mine in Mongolia, such as this small cab, are sharp and dramatic. In the past, these were called "Prase" or "Prasem" when found in Greece or at Dalnegorsk in Russia - and are generally very rare in the world. Colored green by Hedenbergite inclusions, the long, tapered, needle-like Quartz crystals are very attractive. The longest is 9 cm, and the high luster adds greatly to the appearance. This cluster has grown on a layer of tabular, gemmy, clove-brown crystals that may be a member of the Axinite group, though this has not been analyzed yet. As expected, the geometry of the cluster and slender nature of the crystals has lent itself to some losing their terminations in situ or in handling. But most remain complete so that the striking appearance easily reminds one of similar, classic specimens from Serifos, Greece or Dal’negorsk, Russia. Really, quite eye-catching aesthetics. Unlike most Chinese examples of this material, these look more like Greek classics than other finds.

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